Colostrum is nature’s first food. It is the first mammary secretion that every mammal gives its newborn. Produced by the mother for only a short period of time, it contains numerous compounds that affect more than 50 processes in the body. It supports the immune system and the regeneration and growth of all types of cells. Recent studies have shown it to be extremely beneficial, not only for the newborn, but for humans and animals of all ages.
The immune factors in Colostrum provide protection for the newborn against bacteria, toxins, virus and disease. Colostrum can offer this same protection to adults and children. The antibodies against many pathogens are contained in Colostrum, which can protect us today and in the future.
Growth factors contained in Colostrum are instrumental in promoting rapid healing and repair of damaged tissues in the newborn. In the adult, these same growth factors are involved in healing and repair of tissues and organs. With consistent use, the growth factors in Colostrum continually regenerate and rebuild the entire body. Literally anyone can benefit from Colostrum. The youthful “side effects” include, more energy, elevated moods, smoother skin, better digestion and weight loss.
Colostrum Throughout History
For thousands of years, Ayurvedic physicians have used Colostrum for medicinal purposes – for everything from immune deficiencies and age-related symptoms to treatment of the common cold. Prior to World War II, Colostrum was known, worldwide, for its immune-boosting capability and was widely used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Even the polio vaccine was developed from antibodies contained in bovine Colostrum.
In the last few years, the scientific community has rediscovered a multitude of benefits from this natural “food.” Over 4000 clinical studies have been published on the use of Colostrum and its components to treat a variety of diseases and health concerns. In fact, pharmaceutical companies have been so intrigued with several of the components in Colostrum, that they have synthesized them for use in expensive anti-aging clinics.
Why Bovine Colostrum?
The immune factors and growth factors contained in bovine (cow) Colostrum have been shown to be identical to those contained in human Colostrum – not just identical, but many times more potent. In addition, cows produce an abundance of this “first food” – enough to supply human needs without depriving newborn calves. For healing and regeneration, bovine Colostrum may even be better than human Colostrum, because of its potency.
The Total Body Research Labs Difference
True Colostrum is produced before the actual birth of the calf and can only be collected for a short period of time, without being diluted by the subsequent production of milk. At the time of birth, potency is at its peak the active elements such as immune factors, growth factors, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents are at their highest concentrations. However, in less than 12 hours, the concentration of these components is only half of what it was at the time of birth. What this means is that the sooner the Colostrum is collected, the less diluted it is with milk, and the greater the concentration of beneficial factors.
Most producers of Colostrum admit that their product comes from the first 4 to 6 milkings after the birth of the calf – as old as 72 hours. Total Body Research Labs Colostrum is collected only from the first milking following birthing. Total Body Research Labs Colostrum contains only “first-milking” Colostrum. It is never diluted with transitional milk – never adulterated – never fractionated.
How to use Colostrum
Many natural health practitioners suggest that for best results, Colostrum should be taken in larger doses when first starting (perhaps twice as much), with maintenance doses after the desired results are obtained.
Colostrum has a half-life of 16 hours, so for maximum benefit it is important to take it twice a day. Most alternative practitioners recommend a minimum maintenance dosage of two to four capsules twice a day. Dr. Daniel G. Clark who wrote the book “COLOSTRUM — LIFE’S FIRST FOOD” suggests a minimum dosage of 3,000 mg or three capsules twice a day. Each person’s body assimilates and uses Colostrum differently, so you may need to experiment to determine what dosage is best for you.
Capsules should be taken on an empty stomach without any food or other supplements (at least 30 minutes before you eat or at least two hours after you eat) with 8-12 oz. of water. We might recommend before breakfast, and then again several hours after lunch, or an hour before dinner. Try to get into a regular routine so you always remember. The immune factors in Colostrum work best if they are helped to reach the small intestine – and the best way to achieve this is to take capsules followed with plenty of water.
Serving Size: 2 Lozenges
Servings Per Container: 65
Other Ingredients: Sorbitol, natural flavor, fructose.
Directions: Adults and children 12 years of age and older: 2-3 lozenges twice daily. Children 6 to 12 years of age: 1 lozenge twice daily. Children under 6: consult a health professional.